Brewed by De Koningshoeven (Bavaria - Netherlands)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 2151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Quadrupel is La Trappe’s heaviest ale with a stunning amber colour. Its warm and intense flavour is rich and finely balanced. Malty sweet, slightly burnt, and pleasantly bitter with a sweet aftertaste. Quadrupel continues to ferment after bottling and offers aromas of banana, almond, vanilla and others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kleurplaatje (46) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2014
Pours clear dark amber/brownish with a small off-white head. Malty aroma of caramel, sugar, bit of dark fruits, clear banana, spices. Nice sweet taste. Bit bready, nice banana touch. Fruits kick in later on (plums, raisins). Some alcohol as well. Bit disturbing, clear bite on the tongue... The end is slightly bitter with that sweetness still overarching... Beautiful warmish kick in the aftertaste... Nice, but quite sweeter than many other quads. Medium bodied with a lovely creamy mouthfeel and a fizzy carbonation. Overall seen quite a nice beer. Not the most complex and balanced and it doens’t hide its alcohol that well, but still a pretty tasty well-made brew. I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbeatdano (70) - - NOV 1, 2014
Aroma is full of many pleasant scents. Banana, clove, earth, candied fruit, caramel, musty yeast, biscuit, baking spice, and coriander. The flavor is sweet and with caramel covered biscuits, clove, slight bitterness, sweet candy, orange peel, lemon peel, and earth. The palate is medium full bodied, fizzy carbonation, and has a syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is sweet and brief. Great Belgian beer that I will surely have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (409) - CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with one finger of off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark toffee/caramel, raisins and dark fruit, banana, slight spice. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet and peppery, finishing mild bitter. (9/10) Medium body, moderate sustained carbonation, lingering tart bitter finish with distinct alcohol warming. (5/5) Excellent quadrupel. The ABV isn’t even close to hidden, but it works well with the dark fruitcake flavours on the nose and tongue. The body is definitely on the light side of medium, I think partly due to the moderate sustained carbonation, and partly due to the sharp edge of the alcohol on the tongue. Not quite as mellow and perfect as the Westvleteren XII, the St. Bernardus Abt 12 or the Rochefort 10, perhaps (nor as interesting as Three Philosophers) but a solid performer regardless. (17/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
camoes (210) - PORTUGAL - OCT 29, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 16E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 15:04 K24C14. AROMA: sweet malty profile with strong spicy and peppery alcohol notes. APPEARANCE: deep ambar and clear, with a somewhat moussy, ivory head with good retention and lacing. TASTE: sweet malt profile with peppery and perfumy alcohols. medium-low biterness with a somewhat dry finish. PALATE: medium-thin body with moderate carbonation. warming alcohol sensation. OVERALL: a strong belgian style ale with peppery aromas and flavors and not very much else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Herezja (5) - - OCT 29, 2014 does not count
Seriously good, this could become my new blood group. Beautiful dark brown smokey colour and taste, thick beige head with strong but pleasant yeast taste that dwindles. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robto (29) - Belas, PORTUGAL - OCT 28, 2014
33cl bottle at home. It pours a dark/red amber colour, with a decent and persistent white head. Aroma is strong raisins, dark fruits, malts and some bananas. Taste is dark fruits, raisins and plums, sweet malts, Belgian yeast, very strong toffee notes and a strong bittersweet flavour throughout. It is full-bodied with decent carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. This is probably one of the best "Trappist" beers out there. It’s a very complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (71) - POLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Świetne piwo, alkohol ładnie ukryty, w aromacie ciemne winogrona, śliwki, wiśnie w spirytusie, rodzynki, lekkie goździki i zapachy fenolowe (przypomina dobre czerwone wino). W smaku natomiast jest dość słodko, ale jest to słodycz rodzynkowo-czereśniowo-śliwkowa, szybko kontrowana pestkową goryczką, delikatną owocowo-słodową kwaskowością a na finiszu wyraźna ostra przyprawowość i alkoholowo rozgrzewające uczucie w gardle. Czyli gęste, treściwe, średnio nasycone piwo o zdecydowanym zapachu i smaku.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (464) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 25, 2014
Reddish/brown pour with little head. Cascading aromas of booze, raisins, wood, fig, astringent. Full bodied, sticky on the lips, with a massive flavour and aroma profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2014
On tap @ Cloud Cult show. Nice Belgian aroma. Taste is Belgian, but dark like the appearance. Has a deep, woody, rye, sour, cracker base to is that is really solid for this style. You could tell me this was 3% ABV and I’d believe you. Super good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (949) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 Regular small 330ml bottle (not the one in ceramic, like the picture) poured in a Chimay chalice. I was missing to review this one. La Trappe is my "less favorite" Trappist, nevertheless, it’s not bad at all, of course. Moreover, this one, is a Quad. A: Beautiful amber-little-cloudy color. Really. However, filtered, I guess. Which, somehow, disappoints a bit. Good carbonation, as expected. It creates a big lacing and foamy head S: Nice fruity smell: Dark fruits (prunes are evident). Fresh malts T: Complex taste: Sweet candy (or toffee) is the first to be noted. Followed by dark Fruits. Bitterness and alcohol in the end D: Reasonable. Balanced sweet-bitterness. However, the high ABV can be noticed here. Recommended anyway. This is a classic Trappist, after all [ BA Review @ 2/4/2010 ]

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